God does His best work in the midst of unity. In fact, so essential is the issue of oneness in the church that we are told to be on guard against those who try to destroy it (Rom. 16:17). God has intentionally reconciled racially divided groups into one new man (Eph. 2:14-15), uniting them into a new body (Eph. 2:16), in order that the church can function as one (Eph. 2:13). When the church functions as one, we boldly brag on God to a world in desperate need of experiencing Him.
But how do we as a church function as one? We don’t. He does – both in us and through us.
When we got saved, we were baptized into the body of Christ. No matter what our race, gender, or class is, when each of us came to faith in Jesus, we entered into a new family. We didn’t create God’s family. We became a part of it.
That is so important to realize because far too often we are trying to force unity when authentic unity cannot be mandated or manufactured. Instead, God says we are to “preserve the unity of the Spirit” (Eph. 4:3). The Holy Spirit has created our unity. It is our job to preserve it.
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